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Job Opportunities with AdviseMI

AdviseMI AmeriCorps Member Position Description
The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in close partnership Michigan colleges and universities,seeks to help more Michigan students pursue post-secondary education.  Recent graduates (Bachelor’s)will serve as AdviseMI AmeriCorps advisers in selected high schools across Michigan, particularly those that are located in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.  Serving alongside high school counselors and other school professionals, advisers will support students as they make the transition from high school to a post-secondary education institution.Advisers serve full time and focus on advising students, especially those from low-income backgrounds,through the complex steps toward college enrollment.  Advisers will provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a post-secondary education, preparing for college attendance, and the admission and financial aid processes.
Advisers will commit to a term of service from July 2017 through June 2018.  Candidates that are not willing to make a commitment to a full year of service with the program should not apply.  This position includes a mandatory residential four-week training session at Michigan State University (East Lansing)beginning July 2017.  All training expenses including room, board and travel are covered by the program.Successful advisers are fully enmeshed in the fabric of the local communities and, as such, Advisers are encouraged to live in the community in which they are placed.  Upon successful completion of the first year commitment, Advisers may be invited to return for an additional year of service with the AdviseMI program if they choose.
Primary Responsibilities:
-Interacting on a daily basis with high school students and families in the assigned high school toprovide relevant information about postsecondary education and the college choice/financial aid
-Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
Develop a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid for each student
-Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications
-Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
-Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities
Visit classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer services and emphasize the necessity of post-secondary participation
Partner with local community groups—particularly Local College Access Networks(LCANs)—to provide college access services outside the school setting and hours
Host regular workshops for the families of students to discuss topics relevant to college preparation
-Organize college campus visits and on-site college representative visitsOversee the College Ambassador Program on-site. This is a student organization at the schoolutilizing peer support to foster a college- going culture at the school.-
– Establish productive collegial relationships with principals, school counselors, and teachers in assignedhigh school as well as other community-based college access professionalsAssess, in consultation with MCAN and the high school, the particular assets and needs of theassigned school, and adapt and adopt programs and activities to reinforce existing efforts to
expand the services provided to students and avoid duplicationActively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at the assigned high school
– Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the programAssist MCAN to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome data  to evaluate the
effectiveness of AdviseMISubmit monthly progress reports to the program director documenting progress and output dataRepresent AdviseMI, as requested by the program director, to potential supporters and other interested parties
-Build and maintain expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising    Participate fully in a mandatory, four-week residential training session 
*Training will held be at Michigan State University from Sunday, July 9th, 2017 to Friday, August 4th, 2017
-Attend all professional development training sessions provided by AdviseMIIn consultation with the program director, seek out and participate in other opportunities forprofessional development
Applicants must be a United States citizen, a national, or a legal permanent resident and at least 18 yearsof age. Documentation of proof of age and citizenship will be required during the selection process. 
-Bachelor’s degree in any subject area with a 2015, 2016 or 2017 graduation date
– Ability to effectively partner with students, faculty, and staff including those from diverse backgrounds
Previous experience demonstrating strong leadership abilities, influencing others in a positive manner while achieving goals, and effectively communicating ideas and generating support for ideas
-Ability to serve independently and analytically, exercise discretion and good judgment
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficient computer skills
-Ability to manage multiple projects; strong planning and organizational skills
– Willingness to handle complex and detail-oriented tasks and projects
-High energy, creativity, ability to assume responsibility; take initiative and develop new programs
-Successfully pass Federal and State background screening
-Provide documentation of eligibility for service (e.g. birth certificate, passport, transcripts)
-Dependable transportation to get and from your service site
Annual compensation will include: Living allowance ($24,000), post-service education award ($ 5,815)*,health insurance, and childcare coverage to eligible individuals.
*Upon successful completion of the full year of service, members are eligible to receive a SegalAmeriCorps Education Award. The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligiblepost-secondary educational institutions, to repay qualified student loans. Individuals may only earn theequivalent of two full-time education awards during their lifetime.
Application Process:Priority selection application deadline: February 1st, 2017Priority selection interviews: February 9th and February 15th, 2017Early decision day: March 15th, 2017Final application deadline: April 15th, 2017Spring interviews: March and April 2017
Program start date: July 1st, 2017
Please submit a resume that includes a list of 3 references and their relationship to you, a copy of yourcollege transcripts and a short essay (750 words or less) that answers the questions below.
Essay Questions: 
1. Why are you interested in serving as an AdviseMI college adviser?
2. What will make you an effective adviser?
3. How do you believe this experience will benefit you both personally and professionally?
Please submit these application materials to .
Questions may be directed to AdviseMI program staff at 517.316.1713 or
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